Writing About Food

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  • “Thank you for another inspiring workshop. I’m very happy I was able to attend, thrilled about the syllabus, and eager to continue writing. I learned a lot about the many different ways to write about food—or to use food to write about other important topics.

    I learned to look a bit more closely at other texts I love to see why they work for me.

    Quite honestly, I would have happily taken this workshop if it were just a well- led book club for food nerds. But I also really enjoyed hearing the writing of my fellow participants, and I felt privileged to hear so many different personal stories.”

    Maarten, April 14, 2019

  • “I learned that food can work in so many different ways to enrich any copy, in practically any forms. I also learned a number of techniques that are particularly useful when writing about food—but can also be extrapolated to other topics. From very technical to more conceptual tips and tricks, I took home a variety of tools to make my copy more engaging.”

    Mariana, April 14, 2019

  • “I think the workshop gave me a foundation for what elements can constitute good writing (in various constellations) and how I can add some of those elements to make my writing come to life more.

    My favorite part of the workshop…the snacks? But in all seriousness, my favorite part of the workshop was the group leader’s ability to set clear boundaries on what is discussed and when, including steering the group clear of personal preference and taste.”

    Mieke, April 14, 2019

  • “I learned more about the editing process. Really believed that I had to get it right the first time or I wasn’t good. Understanding how drafts work makes me feel like I can be more creative–and that it becomes a process instead of something I get right or wrong.

    I also liked the mix of theory and practice.”

    Abi, April 14, 2019

  • “It was most valuable to discover and learn about the different formats for each style of food writing, the principles and key techniques for using in each style, as well as the info on how and when to apply them.

    For me, the most exhilarating part of the workshop experience was sharing our short stories anonymously and learning what was working in our pieces. I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories of those in our cohort.”

    Anna-Maria, April 14, 2019

  • “The handout is a real treasure and provides concrete examples together with the tips and tricks in each chapter. What were the highlights? Sharing food and our personal stories—and the instructor. She really owns the entire workshop with every fiber of her body. She’s very alert during the entire process, and she never misses a wink or a sigh that could be the first sign of an insight. You could say she’s not only a good teacher but a great moderator, distinguishing herself by being of service to the participants instead of just putting her knowledge out there because she has the authority.”

    Melissa, June 24, 2018

  • “The work was intensive for me, but I went to bed completely satisfied. I learned that there is a world of possibilities when it comes to writing about food. For example, I had never thought about using food in fiction or poetry.”

    Carybei, June 24, 2018

  • “It was nice to take a snapshot of so many styles of food writing. Even the recipe alone can be executed with such variety and creativity, depending on what the writer wants to communicate. This appeals to my interests very specifically because it gave me the chance to explore where my style fits in—and to consider new styles.

    The highlight of the class would be the selection of pieces that we read. It was great to expand my mind and scribble down in my notes the reading I’m going to do beyond the course—things I’ve never heard of, things to follow up on, and books and authors to track down. That is to say: all the hard work [the instructor] went through to make such a comprehensive handbook is totally appreciated and will remain with me.

    The whole format of the workshop allows for maximum content and productivity. It was a fantastic weekend.”

    Natalia, June 24, 2018